Heritage, Volume 7, Number 4, Fall 1989 Page: 12
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By Patricia Haas
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
- Proverbs 29:18
rT X 1exas is rich in people with vision
and with the energy and determination
to make their vision reality.
A number of individuals and organizations
which exemplify this were lauded by the
Texas Historical Foundation at the annual
meeting in Austin on July 8. In support of
and recognition of significant historical
preservation projects and activities by
groups and by individuals, Foundation
president Bill Bailey of Jacksonville and
vice-chair of the Foundation's executive
committee Mrs. Faith Bybee of Houston
and Round Top, presented seven awards.
Dr. D. J. Sibley was given an-award in
recognition of his outstanding leadership
and long dedicated service as chairman of
the Texas Historical Foundation's Archaeology
Committee. Dr. Sibley researched,
developed, and recommended for board
approval restoration projects and archaeological
sites deemed imperative to the
preservation of Texas history. His leadership
and guidance, the unstinting devotion
of his time, and his generous financial contributions
have been, and continue to be,
deeply appreciated by the Foundation.
The Tyler County Heritage Society
received the Deolece-Parmelee Award for
outstanding achievement in historic preservation
research in recognition of its
purchase and continuing work with the
Heritage Village Museum as a repository of
Tyler County history. Accepting the
award were Christine Moor Sanders, president
of the Heritage Society, and Dottie
Johnson, editor of The East Texas Echo, a
monthly museum newspaper published by
the Woodsman in Woodville.
The Heritage Village Museum-a collection
of pioneer buildings and artifacts
depicting life in early Tyler County-had
its beginnings in the mid-Sixties when
artist Clyde Gray began assembling Tyler
County artifacts. Under his guidance,
Heritage Village became one of the largest
repositories of early Texana in the state.
Since purchasing the Village in 1987, the
Tyler County Heritage Society has expanded
the historical focus of the Village,
bringing it to life with a continuous program
of pioneer-related activities and
exhibits, making it one of the foremost
museums in southeast Texas.
Exhibits include the hand-hewn Tolar
log cabin, built in 1866; the Z. C. Collier
Store, built in 1853; the Hillister Depot,
built in 1890; the Pickett House Restaurant
housed in the 1909 Midway School
E. J. 'VAIR
House from nearby Polk County; and the
Blacksmith Shop, built in the late 1800s.
Judith Singer Cohen, an art historian,
was presented with the Texas Historic
Preservation Book Award for her book
Cowtown Moderne: Art Deco Architecture of
Fort Worth, Texas, published by the A&M
University Press. Cohen's book is a written
and visual record of a unique era of urban
architecture in Forth Worth's history. It
presents a lively cultural history not only of
the distinctive Art Deco structures built in
Fort Worth but also of two decades of the
societal upheavals, world events, and personalities
that built them. The book
describes how an avant garde architectural
style was imported to a conservative city,
and then-via photographic documentation-reveals
the extent and variety that
form took in Fort Worth. It provides the
reader with a good sense of a style of architecture
situated in time and place.
Outstanding achievement in historic
preservation for a non-profit historical
organization was the basis for the Mary
Moody Northern Award presented to the
Archaeological Conservancy. Archaeological
Conservancy and THF board member,
Bonnie Mc Kee, says the Conservancy
is a national organization dedicated solely
to the preservation of archaeological sites
acquired through purchase or donation.
The Archaeological Conservancy has
preserved five archaeological sites in
Texas. Four are Caddo sites in northeast
12 HERITAGE * FALL 1989
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